It’s running slow.
Most people think their computer is running slow because it’s getting old but it could be a host of different reasons. A program behaving badly, a virus, overheating, or even a failing hard drive can all cause your computer to slow down. You might only notice it when booting up or starting a program, or the problem may be that even moving your mouse is driving you crazy. Sometimes the slow speed is simply due to new software that your hardware can’t keep up with.
Your system is running hot.
With laptops, running hot can be both the sign and cause of damage. Computers have fans to blow out hot air so they can cool off internal parts. At the same time, fresh air is drawn in through vents to create a cooling system. The problem is that just about every vent in a computer can become clogged with dust and pet fur, choking off the circulation and causing overheating. Desktop computers have more space inside to circulate air, but you’ll still need to keep their vents clear. You’ll know your computer is running too hot if your system shuts down frequently, the fan is working serious overtime, or your laptop is too hot to use on your lap.
The Dreaded Blue Screen of Death.
The blue screen is a classic Windows error. It is literally a blue screen that covers your view. The system will still be running, but something has gone wrong. You’ll be shown some text and an error code, often with Windows suggesting a restart. If a restart fixes your problem, you may be good to go. It’s rare, but it happens. If you’re getting blue screens all the time, that’s a sign of a hardware or software problem that needs to be resolved.
It’s making strange noises.
Your computer has a number of moving parts. You know which noises it normally makes, from the startup beep to the whirring fan. When your computer starts to make different noises...that’s when you should pay attention. Fans can wear down, hard drives can start clicking, and in emergent cases, you might even hear a zapping noise. None of these are good! Whenever you notice a strange noise, remember your computer parts are all designed to work together and one problem could quickly become many if left unchecked.
It crashes and freezes.
If your computer is crashing randomly, restarting without you, or freezing up completely, it’s a sure sign there’s a problem. You might notice it’s showing other signs from this list too because crashing and freezing are what happens when something isn’t just wrong, it’s terribly wrong. The problem could be almost anything. This is simply your computer’s final way of crying out for repair, desperately trying to get your attention and a little TLC.
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